In recent years, Professor Deutch's research interests have turned to energy technology and he has participated in numerous interdisciplinary studies on energy issues including the MIT studies on the Future of Nuclear Energy, the Future of Coal (including CO2 capture and sequestration) and the Future of Natural Gas. Current interests include fuel cells, alternative transportation fuels, unconventional oil and gas production (especially reducing the environmental impacts of this activity), and photovoltaics manufacturing (see inset).
The common feature of this work is the integration of technical, economic, environmental, and political aspects of these issues. John Deutch has a continuing interest in energy security, climate change, and managing the process of energy technology innovation including R&D, demonstration and deployment. He welcomes master degree candidates from all disciplines who have an interest in national and global energy issues.